"A bridge specifically designed to carry pedestrians and cyclists will be a first for central London. The design also has to win hearts and minds so form is just as important as function. This bridge will be a valuable additional to our transport network as well as a thing of beauty that is worthy of its location at the centre of a world city"

Cllr Ravi Govindia, Leader, Wandsworth Council

The Design Team’s appointment follows an international competition to deliver a landmark design for a functional cycling and pedestrian bridge. Any final design will need to meet the following challenges set out by the project sponsors:

  • The bridge must rise high enough above the banks to allow the passage of river traffic below without creating a slope too steep for cyclists and wheelchair users.

  • While the bridge will not be open to cars, taxis, lorries, buses or other forms of vehicular transport, it will provide multi-modal use for cyclists, pedestrians and other non-vehicular modes of transport all of whom must be able to travel safely in both directions.

  • The landing points on each side must have a minimal impact on valuable space and should enhance the public realm.

Design Team



Bystrup Architecture Design and Engineering are a multidisciplinary design practice based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Their expertise lies in infrastructure design, and they have successfully overseen a number of projects internationally. Bystrup’s work is expressive and elegant, always appropriate to its location and context. The company possesses a particular understanding of pedestrian and cycle infrastructure design.

Robin Snell & Partners

Robin Snell and Partners are London based architects with proven skills of designing and delivering beautiful, award winning contemporary architecture in the most demanding and sensitive locations.
The practice has the planning and management experience to deliver such a high profile project in the heart of London.

Cost, Environmental and Transport Consultant:


AECOM are international consultants for some of the world’s largest infrastructure projects. Their primary services for this project are cost management and consultancy for environmental impact and transportation. AECOM ‘work globally and deliver locally’ to enhance environments and communities. They are dedicated to finding the most innovative and appropriate solutions to improve quality of life

Lighting Consultant

ÅF Lighting

ÅF Lighting are one of the world’s largest lighting design offices with more than 30 years’ experience at the forefront of professional lighting design. They combine highly specialised engineering services and a Nordic design approach to give functional, aesthetic and environmental solutions for urban environments and landmarks.



COWI is an international engineering consultancy with more than 85,000 projects in over 124 countries. It is well established as one of the world’s largest and leading bridge design consultants with a long tradition for designing state of the art cable stayed bridges and suspension bridges. COWI in the UK, will provide these structural engineering services for the Nine Elms Pimlico Bridge

Access Consultant

David Bonnett Associates

David Bonnett Associates are a London based access consultancy advising on Inclusive Design, ranging from small scale details to large scale masterplans. They have brought their knowledge of access standards and legislation and an understanding of the needs of people with disabilities to a number of schemes which have won awards for the quality of their architecture and accessibility.

Planning Consultant


DP9 are planning consultants with a proven record of delivering high profile planning consents in Central London, negotiating permissions on sensitive and difficult sites. With strong working relationships across the city’s authorities, DP9 have been responsible for some of the most exciting and complicated town planning projects in Greater London.

Marine Consultant

Beckett Rankine

Beckett Rankine is the UK's leading specialist marine civil engineering consultancy.